Emperor’s New Clothes

So speaking in terms of trends in regards to television, the CES 2012 has shown that motion, voice, and face recognition are the “new” things to look for in a “smart” TV. On top of Samsung, Microsoft, LG all sharing similar views, good ole’ Apple TV rumors play in with their own “Siri + touch […]

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‘Junk’ Products

Samsung, LG, Google, and Apple’s controllers all amount to what I categorize as “secondary” controllers in respects to controlling the contents of a “smart” TV. Don’t get me wrong, these devices are functional and convenient… but are only functional and convenient in specific aspects of Smart TV and fail in a universal sense. Especially when the concept […]

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Y? Q&A

Input Device must be: 1) handheld, 2) ergonomic, and 3) all-in-one. The basics seem obvious… because they are! And here’s how we came up with them. 1) Why handheld? Because we’re relaxing on the couch… period. 2) Why ergonomic? First impressions can mean a lot, so a feeling of reluctance is a sensation we want […]

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the Good and the Bad

The user experiences (UX) that make up the foundations to TV and PC capabilities include: [1]the keyboard and [2]the mouse for the PC; [3]the remote for the TV; and [4]the joypad for game consoles. These functionalities have laid the foundation for what the Smart TV input device hopes to converge. [1] Keyboard The QWERTY keyboard has been the oldest, […]

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Back to the Drawing Board

It doesn’t matter which company makes a PC (Apple, Microsoft, HP), the input device is the mouse and keyboard. It doesn’t matter which company makes a smart phone (Apple, Google, Microsoft), the input method is the touch technology. But every company associated with Smart TV (Google, Samsung, LG) has their own unique input device. This […]

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What is a “Smart” TV?

The dumbed-down version: Just as phones became ‘smart’ with PC capabilities… …the “idiot box” is also becoming ‘smart’ through PC capabilities. The ‘smarter’ version: Smart TV refers to: 1) the shift from the TV being at the center of control to the user being the new center. Instead of watching what was on, when it […]

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